Browse or search our African American History timeline. Events on the timeline include key moments in specific HistoryMaker's lives as well as important historical dates.

November 2, 2004
| Barack Obama Elected Senator

Illinois State Senator Barack Obama is elected to the United States Senate, becoming only the fifth African American to serve in the U.S. Senate.


November 2, 1983
| Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Made Holiday

President Ronald Reagan signs a bill designating January 15th an official federal holiday for slain Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


November 2, 1964
| Lynn Nottage is born

Playwright Lynn Nottage was born on this date in Brooklyn, New York.


November 2, 1954
| Michigan Elects Its First Black Congressman

Charles C. Diggs became Michigan's first Black Congressman on this date when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Diggs went on to help found the Congressional Black Caucus and acted as its first chairman.


November 2, 1946
| Ronald H. Brewington is born

Broadcast executive Ronald H. Brewington was born on this date in New York, New York.


November 2, 1946
| Rudolph Brewington is born

Broadcast journalist Rudolph Brewington was born on this date in New York, New York.


November 2, 1933
| Dr. Louis Sullivan is Born

Medical school founder and former acting President Dr. Louis Sullivan is born in Atlanta, Georgia.


November 2, 1928
| Dr. Price M. Cobbs is Born

Educator, psychiatrist and author Dr. Price M. Cobbs is born in Los Angeles, California.